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THE HERMANNSBURG POTTERS FEATURE IN CLAY STORIES AT THE ARALUEN ART CENTRE, ALICE SPRINGS
The Hermannsburg Potters, Ernabella Arts, Erub Arts and Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre are currently featured in Clay Stories: Contemporary Indigenous Ceramics from Remote Australia.
Drawing together innovative artworks by a diverse group of artists, from Ernabella Arts in the APY Lands, Erub Arts in the Torres Strait, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre in Far North Queensland, Hermannsburg Potters in the Central Desert and Tiwi Design on Bathurst Island, Clay Stories is a significant touring exhibition of contemporary ceramics by both highly established and emerging Indigenous artists from these remote parts of Australia.
CONGRATULATIONS TO NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI - FINALIST IN THE 40TH ALICE PRIZE
Congratulations to Nonggirrnga Marawili who has been named as a finalist in the 40th Alice Prize for her work Djapu Design.
Nonggirrnga Marawili is one of the most highly regarded artists at Buku Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala, Northern Territory, and is known for her highly sophisticated bark paintings and Larrakitj. Marawili’s organic patterns in her remarkable artworks reflect an engrained, natural understanding of her culture, history and environment.
In 2018, the Alice Prize will celebrate its 40th incarnation with an increased award for the winning artwork of $40,000. Significant among regional art prizes, the Alice Prize contributes to one of the largest regional collections of Australian art, with works by leading artists from across its near 50 year history. Coordinated by the Alice Springs Art Foundation, the Alice Prize is judged by an expert selection panel and judge of national standing, with national exposure for exhibiting artists and the opportunity to show in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, the cultural heart of Australia.
IMAGE | Portrait of the artist courtesy of Buku Larrnggay Mulka
PEDRO WONAEAMIRRI FEATURES IN ARTIST PROFILE
Alcaston Gallery artist Pedro Wonaeamirri is currently featured in Artist Profile magazine.
In Issue 39, John Von Sturmer discusses how Tiwi Islander Pedro Wonaeamirri engages with tradition in his multilayered paintings and prints.
"Tiwi Islander Pedro Wonaeamirri’s beautiful, intricate work is part of a touring art exhibition called Being Tiwi, which is crossing Australia this year. Spanning works on canvas, bark and printmaking, Mr Wonaeamirri’s art springs from ancient Tiwi teachings, especially the dance story of betrayal and death that is the legend of Purukupali and his brother, Tapara."
IMAGES | Pedro Wonaeamirri, Kulama, 2000, intaglio etching, printed in colour with plate tone from three plates, Magnani Incisioni paper, sheet 99 x 71cm, edition of 30, printer Martin King, Australian Print Workshop. © The Artist, Jilamara Arts & Crafts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2018
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEC BAKER | WINNER OF THE 45TH MUSWELLBROOK ART PRIZE
Congraulations to Alec Baker for winning the 45th Muswellbrook Art Prize!
Mr Baker is the winner of the acquisitive prize of $50,00 (for his work Ngura (Country) - pictured) for a two dimensional painting of any subject in any medium. The prestigiopus award is sponsored by Bengalla Mining Company Pty Limited and Muswellbrook Shire Council and was judged by Tracey Cooper-Levery, Gallery Director, Gold Coast City Gallery.
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.
For further information on Alec Baker please visit his artist page on our website.
Image | Alec Baker - Ngura (Country). © The Artist and Iwantja Arts, 2018
YARITJI YOUND AND KEN SISTERS MONUMENTAL COLLABORATIVE WORK FEATURE IN ADELAIDE BIENNIAL
Alcaston Gallery artist Yaritji Young, with the Ken Sisters, are currently featured in Divided Worlds: 2018 Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia for their monumental collaberative painting, Kangkura-KangkuraKu Tjukurpa – A Sister’s Story.
Extending across Adelaide’s cultural precinct, North Terrace, the 2018 Adelaide Biennial will be presented at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art at the University of South Australia, JamFactory and Adelaide Botanic Garden including the Santos Museum of Economic Botany.
"In the Western art tradition painting has been historicised and romanticised as a solitary pursuit – a battle between the individual, usually male, and the canvas, usually upright. In the contemporary Western Desert art tradition, painting is frequently pursued collaboratively, with canvasses laid laterally on the ground in the direction of country. The Ken sisters – Tingila Yaritji Young, Maringka Tunkin, Sandra Ken, Freda Brady and Tjungkara Ken – are part of this desert art tradition, a distinct lineage formed initially by women, under the name of Minymaku Arts (meaning ‘belonging to women’), just twenty years ago in Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
By working together – sometimes simultaneously painting together on a grounded canvas, and sometimes consecutively, where one sister’s mark calls for another’s reply (resembling an ancestral call and response) – the mnemonic or memory function of painting is performed. The sisters often return to familiar and familial subjects in their collaborations – to Tjala tjukurpa (Honey Ant dreaming) and to Kungkarangkalpa tjukurpa (Seven Sisters dreaming), two stories that are their birthright and their bond."
Image | Freda Brady, Sandra Ken, Tjungkara Ken, Paniny Mick, Maringka Tunkin, Yaritji Young, Pitjantjatjara people, South Australia, Kangkura-KangkuraKu Tjukurpa – A Sister’s Story, 2017, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 3 panels each 300 x 200 cm; Courtesy the artists and Tjala Arts 2017.